Hair Update: Blue, Purple & The Bizarre

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So since my last update, I was left with patchy and uneven hair as a result of a less than successful dye from Arctic Fox. Since then I have used two different dyes and a diluted version with conditioner. As the dyes I use are only semi-permanent, I haven’t really had any damage that I can see but I have had issues with colour bleeding EVERYWHERE. I’m talking bed sheets, scarves, tops, coats… Blue and purple is everything right now. Moving on… So after my original appointment I was disappointed by how much my colour faded, I love shocking people with my funky hair so I don’t want to have dull hair anymore.

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After I used Poseidon by Arctic Fox, I moved on to Manic Panic but I used conditioner mixed with their shade Shocking Blue. I did the roots first and left them to soak up the dye before adding it to the ends, that gave me the ombre style as shown in the picture above. I loved the colouring that I had after doing this and it was certainly a step up from the mess that the first Arctic Fox colour left my hair. Manic Panic did not smell as nice but it did have a better result and I was much happier with how I looked.

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The next image shows how my hair with a full coverage of the Shocking Blue without conditioner to dilute the colour. It felt less nourished but I preferred the colour of this one. I didn’t get a great deal of fading but the shade did change slightly and the brightness faded the roots. Shocking Blue gave me the closest colour to what I was aiming for, I was thinking Katy Perry in the Wide Awake music video and I think I got fairly close. It could have been a little bolder but it fit my inspiration a little closer than I was expecting.

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After my blog post about my first Arctic Fox disaster, their customer support team sent me a Purple Rain dye to try out. Apparently certain colours pick up better on your hair depending on texture and hair history. The picture is definitely not true to life, it’s more like that dark gothic purple that we all wore in the noughties. I’ve had some great feedback about this latest shade but blue is where my heart is and I fully plan on going blue once again.


What On Earth Is Chondromalacia Patellae?!


I’m not sure if this kind of post is going to be too popular but as it’s about something that a lot of people struggle with, I thought it might be helpful to share my experience so far. I’ve read plenty of posts about injury and disability out of curiosity but I never thought that I would face my own struggles.

For around 6 months I’ve had pain in both of my knees (though the right one has been worse) and I’ve put off going to the doctors. I’m 22 and I shouldn’t be having bother with my knees, furthermore, I’m not exactly into high impact exercises anyway so I wasn’t entirely sure what could be wrong. When I was in Hong Kong my knees felt their weakest, even going down the steps in my grans boat was a struggle and walking around all day made it feel as though everything was tightening up. I’m fairly sure that the heat didn’t do them any favours but when your gran is getting down flights of stairs quicker than yourself, it makes you aware that you need to tread carefully!

Since I work in a shop where I need to climb about and lift things, I decided to make the call and get an appointment so I could find out what was going on. Once in the doctors office, it was made pretty obvious what my problem was from about the first two minutes. We tested out my mobility to find out which angles hurt the most and figured out that my knees were worse when bent towards the inside of my leg. The diagnosis is that I have Chondromalacia Patellae, a weakening or softening of the cartilage behind my kneecaps. As I previously said, my right knee is worse so I’ve put a lot of pressure on my left one. The treatment that I will be getting is a course of physio as a preliminary action but if there’s no improvement, I’ll keep you all updated.

The NHS has a helpful page about cartilage damage if anyone wants a bit more information, I know that mine is more due to “gradual wear and tear” than a sports injury because I have taken things easy for quite some time. I want to get back into going to the gym and I’m looking forward to hopefully joining an Insanity class once physio has done its job.

Skin Stories: Bacne And Beyond


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As part of the next chapter of the Skin Stories series, it is important to be inclusive of the fact that skin issues don’t just occur on the face. For many, acne occurs on both the back and the chest rather than their face. I will once again start with a disclaimer and say that I’m not a dermatologist, I’m just going off what I’ve been told and the information that I have culminated. I am taking information about having this skin problem from someone who has asked to remain anonymous but I know them in real life and I’m also doing my own little side research. I will, however say that my featured subject is a boy who has struggled with acne on his back from his mid to late teens.

The main cause for acne on the back is sweat and our assumption is that the person that I interviewed suffered as a result of a heavy gym routine. Sebaceous glands, which I talked about in the first Skin Stories post, contain excess oil but are commonly found on the back and chest so when these glands become clogged – acne appears. Doctors tend to prescribe different treatments depending on the level that the bacne appears and the requirements of the patient. Antibiotics such as Minocycline, Tetracycline, Doxycycline and Crythromycin are usually a first move in the right direction to reduce the inflammation of the acne. My anonymous source took the Minocycline and whilst they initially worked for him (not that it completely cleared up the acne but it did improve), as soon as he was taken off them the acne came back with a vengence.

The other tablets that can be recommended by doctors are Accutance or Roaccutane which has been known to be successful but it has been linked as a possible cause of depression. I think that it’s one of those treatments that are given to people at the top of the scale but nevertheless the decision to take up these tablets should not be taken lightly, especially if you already struggle with your mental health.

Retinoids are also a common ‘cure’ for acne but it’s not the most effective option for anywhere other than the face because unless you have time for it to really sink in it’s going to be rubbed off. The same goes for Benzoyl Peroxide which is a topical treatment but it’s main drawback is that it can bleach out whatever material that it touches like clothes or bedsheets.

The more extreme cases call for acne lasers or chemical peels and whilst these aren’t the most pleasant of the treatments but they are said to reduce scarring as well as the issue of acne itself. The idea of getting a chemical peel doesn’t sound particularly pleasant to me, I’ve seen a few YouTube videos where people have been left with gunky or infected results and I’m not eager to try it for any reason. Not that I have acne myself but I can understand why it is classed as a harsh treatment. As for the lasers, they’re never going to be pleasant either but for some, the reality of acne scars is a massive hit on confidence.

This leads me to the next ‘treatment’ of sorts, this is the one that my anonymous feature has said works the best. He said that by taking his shirt off and exposing his acne to the sunlight for a while in the summer, his acne got better. Furthermore, when he went on holiday his acne was barely in existence. Of course, you could use the sunbeds but that can also be bad for your skin in another way but it’s six and two threes. His girlfriend says that the final thing that stopped his skin issue from returning was through her usage of pimple tools, the little ones with loops on the end and s good sacylic acid.

I hope this post has either been relatable or given you a few options for your own acne no matter where it is on your body. The next post in my Skin Stories series will feature the fantastic Vikki of Cuteek about her melasma so keep your eyes peeled for that!

My Top Tips For Travelling On A Budget

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To travel on a budget, research is a MUST. Get in with the culture of the country, navigate your destination like a local and pack like a pro. Keep reading to find out my top tips for travelling with a minimal cost, this post is a slightly more practical one!

  • Don’t travel at peak times, school holidays are always the busiest times of the year and unfortunately this means that the price sky rockets also.
  • Try not to choose a direct flight if you’re flying long haul, putting up with a few stopovers is a small price to pay in comparison with a direct flight. Similarly, check out your closest airport because sometimes there’s a closer place to fly from that doesn’t have the same expenditure as the main international airports.

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  • Avoid extra baggage costs by putting together a capsule wardrobe, in most countries you can probably buy budget clothing if you fancy a change whilst you’re abroad but you might as well save your space for the inbound flight.
  • Does your destination have a transport discount system? For example, in Hong Kong there’s an Oyster card which is used as a pay-as-you-go travel ticket (with a percentage off the total cost) that can also be used to buy groceries. Use Google to your advantage and find out what is available.
  • Check out the information desks in the airport for tour packages and cheaper tickets to theme parks or other attractions. Some of these packages could include freebies as well as the initial discount so it’s always worth a look upon arrival.
  • Is there an app for it? We have Groupon and Wowcher, the chances are that your destination will have a discount app to cut certain costs throughout your trip.

So there are my top tips for a cheaper holiday, if you have any tips of your own feel free to let me in the comments below! I’m always looking for ways to make my trip more economical so it would be much appreciated.

How I Perceive Body Image & My Current Weight Struggles

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Body image is a tricky subject for most people and I’m not just talking about women, men have their struggles too. Personally, I feel like there’s too much pressure on people to either be slim or curvy in a sexy way and for those of us that fall into the middle bracket it’s difficult to find inspiration and feel confident about our bodies. The plus size industry is the most successful that it’s ever been and on the other hand, the petite models are pushing back.

For most this is empowering because these strong and confident women are promoting body confidence but I haven’t seen anyone my shape make it as a model. Don’t get me wrong, I love that everyone is so positive about body diversity right now but I do believe that the middle bracket is severely underrepresented. I think that right now is the perfect time for a bit MORE diversity and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the developing industry. These are exciting times for female empowerment and whilst I’m feeling low myself right now, I’m hoping to work on this throughout the rest of 2018.

Currently I’m really struggling on that front because I’m the biggest I’ve ever been and I refuse to buy the dreaded next size up for my jeans. I feel like to buy the next size would be to give up on my own health and settle into this lazy kind of lifestyle. When I was 14 I had issues with mean comments at school, for the most part I brushed them off but I was always self conscious about my thighs. I remember one guy at school, who I will always remember, said that I had legs like tree trunks. It really played on my mind and it increased my insecurity, it’s difficult to feel confident when something like that is always in the back of my mind.

As I’ve put on so much weight recently, this is all being dredged back up and my self-esteem isn’t what it used to be. I’m putting it down to stress because I’m a stress snacker and I know that I haven’t been the best with my eating habits. I’m trying to get back on track but it’s going to take some time; my first step is to eat more healthily but I’m looking into joining the gym again. I know that I enjoy going to the gym and joining classes but it just takes me some time to actually get into the habit of going.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on body image if you don’t mind sharing them with me in the comments, I don’t know if this sort of post will be particularly well received but I wanted to add my two cents to this subject!

February Roundup


When I returned from Hong Kong last month I felt really unsettled and ultimately I quit uni, my main goal was to get back into blogging and to do what I want to do for once. In the first month of my rebranding I have made some big decisions in my life and started quite a few projects to help me on my way. This post is essentially my roundup of life over February and the struggles of a lower level blogger trying to fight her way back into the community.

Whilst I would love to say that I have been welcomed back with opened arms, a great deal of people that I talked to on a daily basis when I did this the first time have blocked me out and ignored me. It’s not all bad though, I have met some of the nicest people online and I feel like I have a little Twitter support system now. Social media and blogging seems to be a lot more toxic than it used to be; this month we’ve had copying scandals, bullies harassing bloggers and a whole lot of general bitchyness. I’m so sick of subtext right now!

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On a more positive note, I want to mention some of the things that I’ve been loving over the course of this month. I’m going to start with the Makeup Revolution Setting Spray (Pro Fix Oil Control) as a star buy. I find it to be much better than the last one that I bought from Urban Decay which was about triple the price. I use it before my foundation as a base rather than a top coat for the skin, I’ve recently been using the Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Foundation in their lightest shade and the two products are a perfect match. With just a few sprays before I apply my foundation, the setting spray keeps oily skin at bay and makes makeup stay for quite a bit longer than usual.

Stepping away from makeup, I want to talk about how I’ve been keeping myself occupied now that I’m working part time! I have been listening to music quite a bit recently and I was pleasantly surprised by 5SOS and their new song Want You Back. It’s not entirely different to their previous work but I find it to be easy listening, I wish I could say that I don’t have the music taste of a 14 year old! YouTube, for me anyway, has had better content than that of Netflix recently and I’ve been taking a lot of influence from bloggers such as Zoe London, Sophie Hannah and Emily of Mermaid Gossip. I think they’ve upped their game substantially and all three of them a going from strength to strength.

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As you can see, it’s been snowing pretty heavily over here as I live in the North and we have been hit by the “beast from the east” and everyone is still getting over the flu. I have sworn by drinking lemon and ginger tea, it soothes the throat and tastes divine. I’m just pleased that I’ve managed to cut down on caffeine recently because I’ve been saying that I will since last year!

Thank you so much for reading up on my roundup of February, it’s not exactly an exciting read but I just wanted to share with you all the  start of my blogging journey with this site.

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Skin Stories: A Guest Post By The Petite Damsel (Sulochana and Rosacea)


The following post has been written by Sulochana from The Petite Damsel and goes through her Skin Story.

My skin issue started when I was in college. When my friends that acne issues during high school days, I didn’t even have a single pimple of my face, I had clear skin.. But it changed and got worse once college started. I went to Delhi for college, the climate is very different from what I was used to. Little did I know that the pollution and the harsh Sun were damaging my skin. Back then I wasn’t much aware of skin care. I used to wear a moisturizer and that was it. Being out in the Sun without a Sunscreen did a lot of damage. My skin became dry and sensitive. Although I applied my moisturizer religiously, my skin was dehydrated. Soon I noticed that my face would turn pink minutes after I stepped out in the Sun and become very irritated. My cousin sister recommended me to use a Sunscreen and it started using it every day. After few months, bumps with whitehead started appearing and the skin around them were red. It first started around my mouth and it spread on my nose. I thought I started having acne.

I went to see a dermatologist and she recommended using Linical lotion which contains Calamine and it helped reduce the irritation and the bumps. When I first started using the lotion, the bumps started reducing and then disappeared. I was happy thinking the lotion cured my acne. My face would still turn pink whenever I stepped out in the Sun and I would apply more Sunscreen hoping that’ll help. But after almost a year during spring season, those bumps & whiteheads re-appeared and the condition was worse, I couldn’t even open my mouth properly to eat. I visited the same dermatologist and she prescribed a gel ointment and a tablet. She said the gel would dry up the whiteheads and the tablet is to control the irritation and itchiness. The tablet did what was expected but the gel ointment would dry up the skin so badly that it started to feel stretchy and patchy.

I went back to the dermatologist again, she looked nervous seeing my skin condition. She gave me a Cetaphil lotion and asked me to stop using the gel ointment and use the lotion instead. I skipped college for 2 weeks. I stayed at home, I didn’t even step out to the balcony because my neighbors were asking me what happened to my face. I decided to hide from people. After 2 weeks, the whiteheads, dryness all was healed and I started going to college. The dermatologist said I have a very sensitive skin and the bumps are “allergies”. She asked me to use scarf to cover my face when in Sun or in dusty places. I followed her advice.

The “allergies” didn’t appear for almost 3 years, by then I had graduated, moved to South India and started working full time. This time the “allergies” appeared during autumn season. I woke up one day to find that the tablet, gel ointment, lotion hadn’t cured the “allergies”, rather spread all over my face. That day I took day off from work and went to see a new dermatologist, since I had left Delhi. She examined and said they were allergies and prescribed a tablet, this tablet was different from what was prescribed by my previous dermatologist. She gave me 3 different doses (16mg, 8mg & 4mg) and advised me to take a 16mg tablet the same day after food. And then gradually reduce the doses. The tablet was to reduce inflammation of the skin. Overnight, I could see the bumps were drying up and becoming flaky.

I went to work next day, colleagues started asking what happened to my skin. It was like my college days all over again. But I had to go to work wearing scarf around my mouth. I would even try to eat alone in the pantry so that nobody will be disgusted with my skin. But my colleagues didn’t mind and they would still eat with me in the cafeteria. (I felt blessed to have had those colleagues who become my close friends now). It took weeks for the “allergies” to heal. For about 2 and half years, the “allergies” didn’t appear but I had a feeling that they will appear again. When they started reappearing it was few around the mouth and nose, few on the forehead but never at the same time. I would take the tablet every time they appear and it would control them.

By end of 2016, these “allergies” started appearing and wouldn’t go even after me having the tablet. My face was more red than ever. I went to the dermatologist. My previous (2nd) dermatologist had moved to a different city so I had to see a new dermatologist. He recommended using the same tablet whenever the “allergies” appeared. He also recommended Bio-Oil. So, I kept taking the tablet whenever the bumps appeared and applied Bio-oil. The dryness of the skin reduced within days from using Bio-Oil. But it’s result stopped after 3-4 months. The allergies kept appearing and my skin was flaky. I tried multiple moisturizers to see which one worked. Any product would work only for few months.

In 2017, my enthusiasm for beauty and make-up grew, although I couldn’t wear any because of my skin condition. I was scared and the dermatologist also advised me not to apply makeup as it will only worsen the condition. I bought beauty products which can be used on sensitive skin and wore only on special occasions. During summer 2017, the allergies were getting worse and the tablet didn’t help much. I had to keep taking 16mg. My face started becoming puffy and eyes swollen. I didn’t know what to do. All the visit to the dermatologists, using recommended products, having a regime for skin care – nothing helped. I was just spending a huge chunk of my savings trying to find a cure for my skin condition.

When I was going through this bad phase, a good friend of mine who has acne problem asked me if I wanted to visit her dermatologist. She said he is pretty good with the diagnosis and prescribes products that really work. I decided to give one last shot and visited the dermatologist with her. He examined my skin and said “You’ve rosacea”. I was scared because I haven’t heard any body with rosacea say it’s cured. He recommended using Avene products. He asked me to reduce in-take of tea/coffee, spicy food, avoid long exposure to Sun. I was sad to hear that because I love tea. But I took his advice.

That was my last visit to dermatologist. I still use Avene products, it doesn’t always work. When Avene doesn’t work, I go back to using Bio-oil. Sometimes, I use Clinique products. I have to keep shuffling the products, as no product works for more than 3-4 months. I do keep the tablet in my medicine box to take when rosacea goes worse. Since the tablet control inflammation of the skin, it reduces the redness and bumpiness of the skin. I believe I have watched every YouTube video and read so many articles about Rosacea, trying to find out what can help my skin. Nothing is really helping. I have been keeping a track and trying to find what triggers my rosacea. So far, I found that hot/cold/humid weather triggers rosacea, dust and even cold wind, exposure to Sunlight for more than an hour or so, when I sweat from exercising or dancing and when I am stressed out. I have now decided to accept my skin condition and use the products recommended by the multiple dermatologist (except for the gel-ointments) whenever necessary. I don’t apply make-up everyday to work and use only when there are any special occasions.

I found that finding peace with my skin condition is actually reducing my stress about it. I am no longer embarrassed about my rosacea. When people ask, I let them know what it is. As per the dermatologist, rosacea is not a very common skin condition in India. So far in my rosacea journey, my skin gets very sensitive, puffy, swollen, bumps & whiteheads, redness, dry & patchy, dehydrated, inflamed, scars from any big whiteheads and they take months to heal.

Thank you for reading Sulo’s story, I hope it has been as interesting for everyone else as it has been for me. Click through this link here to check out the last post in the series which followed a friend of mine who has suffered from eczema.